Downtown Los Angeles, Huge Identity Theft Scheme, No File
Officers alleged that our client and his brother, along with the assistance of a soldier in Afghanistan, had stolen the identities of five or more U.S. Army servicemen overseas serving in Afghanistan and used their personal information to open over twenty lines of credit at several banks. The three then allegedly used all the money in each line of credit to buy cars, drugs and other luxury items.Overview: Downtown Los Angeles Superior Court– massive identity theft case allegedly involving client, age 25, and a serviceman serving overseas in Afghanistan – no file after Greg Hill & Associates explains client’s lack of involvement.
The scheme was allegedly quite sophisticated, with the use of intermediary bank accounts associated with other people’s names to wash the money through before our client and his two co-defendants transferred it to their own bank accounts to use it for themselves.
Our client was held in Los Angeles County Jail for a few days before posting bail of $100,000. He was quite upset at missing work and very confused about the charges.
After his family posted a bail bond, he came to speak with Greg Hill & Associates. He professed total ignorance of the identity theft and remarked he did not even have a computer or even an e-mail address. This was true and belied the officer’s claims that he had used a sophisticated series of online transfers from one financial institution to another. Our client did not even know what an online transfer was.
Clara Shortridge-Foltz Superior Courthouse (CCB)
Therefore, Greg and the client waited for the complaint to be filed, which could be at any time during the day. The two, along with the client’s brother and his attorney, waited – and waited – and waited. A late filing is not uncommon in Downtown Los Angeles, especially on bigger cases.
While patiently waiting for the prosecutors to file the case, Greg discussed the matter with the handling prosecutor and explained that our client could not possibly have violated Penal Code § 530.5(a), felony identity theft. Greg explained that the client did not even have an e-mail address or a laptop computer. He was simply not very technically savvy.
Greg explained how all his contact with the client had to be over the phone or face to face. Greg explained that our client had simply always been that way.
The morning at court stretched into the afternoon with still no filing. Finally, 4:30 p.m. arrived with no filing and the client and Greg left the court, dumbfounded.
Surely the filing would take place later, the two thought. Perhaps in a few days.